This and That

Fabulous speech on copyright at the National Reading Summit, How to Destroy the Book by Cory Doctorow, as transcribed by Jade Colbert here.

A section of his speech that should resonate with many a reader:

We are the people of the book. We love our books. We fill our houses with books. We treasure books we inherit from our parents, and we cherish the idea of passing those books on to our children. Indeed, how many of us started reading with a beloved book that belonged to one of our parents? We force worthy books on our friends, and we insist that they read them. We even feel a weird kinship for the people we see on buses or airplanes reading our books, the books that we claim. If anyone tries to take away our books—some oppressive government, some censor gone off the rails—we would defend them with everything that we have. We know our tribespeople when we visit their homes because every wall is lined with books. There are teetering piles of books beside the bed and on the floor; there are masses of swollen paperbacks in the bathroom. Our books are us. They are our outboard memory banks and they contain the moral, intellectual, and imaginative influences that make us the people we are today.

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What do you think? Is the short story, as long predicted, actually dead? I actually really enjoy reading short stories, and I purchased a collection of time travel romance stories just in time for this meme. . . .

Bloggers Alpha Heroes and Literary Escapism are running a Short Story Saturday Meme. Learn more about how to participate here.


Anonymous said…
"Teetering piles of books beside the bed and on the floor" - Did Cory Doctorow come to my house without my knowing it?

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